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  • Sorry, it's just not time yet
    Just me
    The combination of a 401K that is losing money, and a failing republican economy, have lead me to conclude it's not in my interest to separate now.
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  • Sorry all right
    Rob
    When does it become the democrats economy? It's been three years now including nearly two years (2009-2010) of a super majority in the House and filibuster proof majority in the Senate. When will you begin to hold your party accountable for the poor economy? It's time to ditch the slogans "Yes We Can" and the new one "We Can't Wait" and fix the economy.
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  • Responsibility
    Tea Partier
    Haven't you learned by now? Democrats are perpetual whiners. Nothing is ever their fault. It's always somebody else's fault. How have we descended from the "Greatest Generation" to the "It's Not my Fault" generation in 60 years?
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  • You left out the latest generation, TP
    FERS Fed
    That would be the "Let's let Americans without insurance die in the streets, and let's boo gay US soldiers serving in combat zones" (aka the Tea Party) generation. Patriots indeed! Thanks for the daily dose of Tea Party hypocrisy.
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  • "When does it become the democrats economy?"
    FERS Fed
    Gosh, I dunno, maybe when the RepubliCANTS stop blocking legislation like the President's jobs bill that might actually help fix the economy. But then the President would get the credit and might get re-elected and...Oh, wait! Never mind.
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  • Can You Read?
    Rob
    Obama had something most presidents never have and that's super majorities in Congress. Obama had 2 years of TOTAL control (2009-2010) and what did he do during that time to fix the economy? Nothing! This president will not tackle the long term issues that face this country. All he ever proposes is short term gimmicks that do nothing but spend money we don't have. If it weren't for the GOP we'd already be Greece. WE CAN'T WAIT! WE CAN'T WAIT! Geeze I wonder how many folks will get suckered in by that stupid slogan in 2012.
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  • To Rob
    Moderate
    Oh and Rob, please stop with the negative predictions on what Obama would do. If it wasn't for Obama being elected, we would have been in a second Great Depression cause by your radical right buddies. And let us not forget that if any of your friends in the radical right Republican party are elected, the rivh will get righer while the middle class suffers ala Reaganomics.
    worker
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  • "This president will not tackle the long term issues that face this country"?
    FERS Fed
    Why, yes, Right-Wing Rob, I can read. Are you paying the least bit of attention? This president put Medicare and Social Security on the table as part of the solution to "...the long term issues that face this country." Of course, the RepubliCANTS said 'No', and walked away from deficit negotiations, causing the first ever US debt downgrade. Now let me ask you -- what color is the sky in Right-Wing Rob's world? Is it red, white and blue?
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  • To tea partier and Rob
    Moderate
    First things first. The Great depression took 10 years and a war to fix. Obama's time in office is less tha 3 years. Of course, Bush's depression was not as bad as the Great Depression, but it might be that the stimulus packages prevented that catastrophe. Hoover tightened money instead of stimulating the economy, thus increasing the effects of the 1929 depression.------Second, unklike the rabid radical right, the Democrats have moderates as well as liberals. The rabid right Republicans force their moderates to tow the rabid right line or get kicked out of office. Thus, during the less than 2 years that the Democrats had a supermajority, they had to accomodate both wings of the party because the rabid right was not going to cooperate on anything. (cont)
    worker
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  • To Rob and tea partier (cont)
    Moderate
    During the 2009-2010 Congress some stimulus programs were enacted and well as the insurance plan to help the people affected by the Bush Depression. Of course Rob does not realize that it takes time for the stimulus to take effect. Additionally, after Brown was elected, everything stopped because the rabid right party of no was ready to filibuster everything they did not like. Additionally, they are trying to roll back Obama's progress in fight Bush's depression. Of course Rob loves to exaggerate Obama's power and minimize the tragic effects of the radical right. No, this is still Bush's and the radical right's economy. Remember, they would have us default rather than pass a budget. So, Rob, FERS Fed reads very well, but the post has to be worth reading.
    worker
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  • He's Back!!!
    Rob
    Welcome back Moderate aka Liberal. I was beginning to wonder if you were one of those clowns arrested at one of the occupy wall street protests. Thanks again for your comments. Everyday time you post on this blog you remind people how dangerous the liberal mind is to this country.
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  • To radical right Rob
    Moderate
    Obvious, your incompetent thought are reflected in your writing. Not only do I work for a living and have no time for those protests, I do not sympathize with them. How stupid of you to think so.-------The problem with you is that when you cannot think of anything competent to write as a response to my responses to you, you write some nonsense. Can't you think of anything intelligent as a response?
    worker
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  • HHS
    Igorc1958
    I keep waiting in your columns for even a HINT of a mention of HHS. If you know nothing about HHS or know that they have no plans to offer a buy-out, could you mention that?
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  • Buyout
    Mr Devonic
    To take a buyout in a recession with zero job prospects for a paltry sum that after taxes wouldn't even buy a decent car has to the the height of folly. Nobody in their right mind would do so unless they were one or two months from retiring for other reasons.
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  • Buy out
    Linda
    The only way I would take a buy out is if I was fully eligible to retire. Then sure, pay me to go............. To take a buyout for $25,000 when severence if you are laid off is much more, no way. The IRS was threatening RIFS in the mid 90's. I was on the chopping block. I looked at the $25,000 buy out or 8 months (I think at my years of service) of full pay in severance, and decided to stay until they threw me out. I am still here........ Of course now I have 28 years in, instead of 18, but still not eligible for retirement.......I don't expect a buyout at the IRS as we are understaffed as it is. But, if the budget gets cut, they will have to cut 4,000 jobs. There are more than that eligible to retire, so I am not too worried......And, I hope Congress isn't stupid enough to cut IRS budget and thus cut revenue, but then again, look at history!
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  • Pay Retirement Incentives with USG Savings Bonds
    lowercase
    $25k tops is not enough of a retirement incentive to retire as a USG senior employee. For the first half of the incentive, consider paying a certain amount of tax-free cash at upwards of $50k with $25k the floor for all eligible, and issue U.S. Government Savings Bonds at a matching dollar rate for the other half of the incentive package. Would create immediate head-space across all USG levels. Rules would include that retirement must occur within 1st quarter of any new FY to allow maximum recovery of salary/benefits for remainder of the FY. The agency has already received the money for a full FY. A win-win.
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